Cover the bottom of an 8×8 dish or pie plate with softened cream cheese.
Cover the bottom of an 8×8 dish or pie plate with softened cream cheese.
Very important Superbowl PSA:
When you chop this:
Mix it together like this:
You get this:
… and this:
A skinny Tex-Mex Caviar that uses fresh and healthy ingredients and is pure perfection for Superbowl Sunday. Because let’s face it, deflated balls or not, the Superbowl is all about the food. Get my recipe from Homes.com HERE!
I’ll be back later this week with an equally delicious but slightly less healthy Superbowl recipe for those of you that want to indulge!
I interrupt my regularly scheduled blog post due to … this massive blizzard taking over the Northeast! While I live in North Carolina and we’ve seen nary a drop of precipitation, news of the blizzard is everywhere and I am totes jealous of the snow. Although believe me, if North Carolina got two feet of snow the entire state would shut down for days, and that’s a fact. In the meantime, this post is for all my Northern friends and readers – here’s hoping the liquor store is still open!
Hot chocolate evokes the warm and fuzzies and is the perfect match for a cold, blustery day. But if you’re going to be cooped up all day watching the snow fall (especially if you’ve got kids going stir crazy), a spiked hot chocolate is the way to go! I used Frangelico, a Hazelnut flavored liquor to give this hot chocolate an extra kick!
The best part about this hot chocolate is that you can adjust the sweetness or hazelnut flavor per your taste. Just keep tasting until you’re satisfied with the sweetness level. You can drink it without any topping but where’s the fun in that? Top with giant or mini marshmallows:
Or with whipped cream:
And top with pieces of chocolate hazelnut.
A rolled chocolate wafer is the perfect finishing touch!
To whip up this hot chocolate, you’ll need:
3/4 cup boiling water or warmed milk
1 tablespoon cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Cocoa)
1 oz. Frangelico
Sugar to taste
Your choice of Marshmallows or Whipped Cream
Hazelnut Dark Chocolate pieces (I used Ghiardelli)
Serve with rolled chocolate creme wafers
Pour hot water or milk in mug and stir in cocoa powder and sugar. Add in hazelnut liquor. Add more sugar if needed. Top with marshmallows or whipped cream and top with pieces of hazelnut chocolate.
Enjoy while watching the snow fall!
If it’s snowing in your neck of the woods (to quote my pal Al Roker) how do you plan to spend your snow days? Be sure to spend some time checking back on my blog this week as I have two delicious Superbowl food posts that you won’t want to miss!
It’s been quite week and technically there haven’t been two full working days yet! Between meetings, networking, photo shoot planning and new bride consults it’s been a busy 36 hours over here at Jackie Fogartie Events. But I’m not going to start acting like the busiest person in the universe because we all know that gets old real quick…let’s just say I’ve had this blog post started for like 7 years and am SO glad to be able to get it out the door so you can see the prettiness for yourself!
Lindsey and Greg were my last but certainly not least wedding couple of 2014. Can I just say it? I. Love. Them. They were so in love, so much fun and seriously, can we talk about how gorgeous Lindsey is? I mean…her hair? I die. So, I’m sorry if I’m being creepy but I’m just obsessed with them and I don’t care who knows it!
These stunning photos are from the wonderful LunahZon Photography. For serious, Jeremy and Debby are fun to work with and crazy talented. To get a glimpse into their photography persona, here’s a snippet directly from the LunahZon website!
LunahZon is unique, artsy, fun, creative, fresh, beautiful, dynamic, passionate, and crazy. We sometimes go by “LZP” and love long walks on the beach at night. We’re in love with each other, and we’re in love with the world. We’re highly positive and we will fight and banish any negative vibes.
I mean come on, how can you not love these positive photogs with a description like that??
Full vendor listing at the end of this post.
So as I mentioned, Lindsey and Greg are fun as can be and not shabby to look at either. Here’s Lindsey with her beautiful daughters. And yes, although she looks like their SISTER she’s actually their mama!! We can all hope to look like Lindsey after having 3 kiddos!!
Lindsey’s son is being carried by the groom (Greg, on the left) and the groomsmen in the below photo!
Lindsey and Greg did a first look on what was a beautiful fall day in Uptown Charlotte.
They spent some time in front of the Firebird or “Disco Chicken” as it’s called by Charlotte natives in front of the Bechtler Museum.
…and at Latta Arcade.
The ceremony and reception were both held at the Charlotte Trolley Museum in South End Charlotte where fall touches and candlelight decorated the space.
The aforementioned candlelight lined the ceremony aisle. And yes, those were a hella lot of candles to light. My trusty assistant Teresa (or Teresebabe as she is known around these parts) was awesome and helped me immeasurably during this wedding.
I did have the absolute pleasure of working with one of the cutest flower girls I’ve seen to date. Here I am (with a strange look on my face btw…what’s that about) coaxing her down the aisle! She’s all like, girl I don’t need you “I GOT THIS.”
Here she is walking….
Here she is with her mom dumping her petals out of the basket …wait what??
And here she is swimming in the petals…
And here’s the aftermath. This was hilarious with a capital “H” and will be talked about for years to come! Just like when I was a little flower girl at my aunt and uncles wedding many moons ago…I dragged that poor little ringbearer down the aisle and said “come on, you’re not going fast enough!!!” Poor little guy.
After all that cuteness, Greg and Lindsey got married and then it was GO TIME as we flipped the ceremony space into a reception area and sent guests outside for cocktail hour in the heated tent.
Then the space looked like THIS and Greg and Lindsey did their first dance under the twinkle lights.
Delicious food from Delectables by Holly was served and they totally rocked it. I had a taste of the chicken and waffles and it was a-mayyyy-zing.
Wow Factor Cakes totally rocked in the wedding cake department as per usual!
And the guests danced the night away, including Greg who totally got his groove on like in this candid shot.
I love this photo of Lindsey’s daughters laughing. Too sweet!
And finally, a parting photo of the happy couple in the Trolley car! I wish them so much happiness and love but I promise you, they don’t need my well wishes – they will be totes fine.
And if you think I do a lot of events at the Charlotte Trolley Museum, you’re right! I’m the event facilitator for the venue so I happen to work with a lot of folks who have their events right on site! We do everything from weddings (duh) to baby showers, corporate events and more. I was definitely fortunate to get hooked up with Charlotte Trolley a few years back when I was starting my business as it’s brought me many lovely clients like Lindsey and Greg. Although if you want me to be your event or wedding planner at any venue, don’t hesitate as I work anywhere and everywhere in Charlotte! Here’s Lindsey and Greg’s full vendor list of their fab wedding!
Venue: Charlotte Trolley
Caterer: Delectables by Holly
Cake: Wow Factor Cakes
Tent and Chair Rental: Tent Guys